Muse of Comedy and Pastoral Poetry

Established in 1858, Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts adorns the center of historical, downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. Through a few renovations since its inception, Thalian Hall, home of the City of Wilmington’s governing body and the Theater, preserves it unique ornate design and culture.

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Some say and swear that the Hall itself is haunted. I know that when I enter the building, I feel it’s richness and quantum energies. You come alive upon entering. Your mind races with curiosity and desires to learn. “Officially, we like to think that the odd events that happen in Thalian Hall are attributable not to a ghost, but to our Patron Goddess, Thalia, the Muse of Comedy,” as stated online at: http://www.thalianhall.com/index.php?flag=haunted_hall.

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I continue to adore the architecture of the building; the culture and entertainment the theater offers throughout the year; and most of all, the aura of its history and existence.

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Ross’s Belfast Torpedo Bottles

While hiking low tide on the Cape Fear River, I happened upon a washed up and buried bottle. It’s embossed lettering caught my eye.

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I knelt down and dug up the bottle to discover its true uniqueness – a rounded bottom.

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Decided to keep my unique treasure. Returning home curiosity got the best of me and I began to research the bottle.

Ross’s Belfast “Hamilton,” “Bomb” or “Torpedo” bottle. Patent held by William F. Hamilton. They were made between 1809-1910 in England. Used for ginger ale and soda waters. The rounded bottom ensured the liquid stayed in contact with the wired cork so as not to evaporate or loose carbonation.

I have my own little piece of history. Blessed!

Source: Parrsborough Shore Historical Society

The World’s Largest Rotary Wheel

Enjoy this video that features the volunteer service work of six Rotary clubs in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Collaboratively the have taken this barren park space and developed the land into what is now known as the Dr. Heber W Johnson Rotary Wheel – Home of the World’s Largest Rotary Wheel, Greenfield Lake Park, Wilmington, North Carolina.

The beautification project is managed collectively by a Task Force team made up of members from each club. The vision is to have this park space a viable, functional, safe park for tourist, locals and Rotarians to visit and use for events, activities and play.

For full project and Garden details visit: http://www.Facebook.com/RotaryWheel

Airlie Oak

Photography by: Lori Harris

Over 500 years old and if trees could talk! The Airlie Oak is profound! She is a queen in her court. She hosts Wilmington’s most prestigious parties and has graced the banks of Bradley Creeks ecosystem with a grand signature and character.

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Stand amongst her branches and you yearn to near her foundation and trunk. Possibly to be amazed at her reach, shade and life she bring to her neighborhood and visitors. The grass that surrounds her is velvet-like and her gardens rich and picturesque.

Neon Florals

Photography and Image Design by: Lori Harris

I love playing in photoshop with photos…contorting an image, pushing the limits of color and light, and most of all capturing an image and redefining its natural expectation to the average eye.

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I flirt with the abstract as I manipulate my image with technology, producing an image, if compared to its origin, would pose the question why. Fortunately, there is no need to show a before and after, only my finished image sticks with me as I archive the original.

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No matter…I like them; I thoroughly enjoy the process of utilizing my tools while discovering each image uniqueness.

The Ugly Duckling -or not!

The most prominent symbols of a swan is that of beauty and balance. They are graceful and elegant in both water and air. They are monogamous in nature and protectors of their space and relations.

My connection is intuitive and spiritual with swans. I seem to be able to coexists with them in their space and am able to connect without threat of the chase or retrieval. Their movements are curious at first, then they begin to close in, closer as if to welcome me to their home. I sit and watch and photograph their water dances and listen to their conversations. I loose track of time…I am mesmerized and at peace.

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Photo by: Lori Harris Photography

A true gift of harmony and beauty!

Your Quest (Albert Schweitzer)

Your Quest
I AM CONVINCED that far more idealistic
aspiration exists than is ever evident.
Just as the rivers we see are much less
numerous than the underground streams,
so the idealism that is visible is minor
compared to what men and woman carry
in their hearts, unreleased or scarcely
released. Mankind is waiting and longing
for those who can accomplish the task of
untying what is knotted and bringing the
underground waters to the surface.
– Albert Schweitzer

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Photo by: Lori Harris Photography

DIVINE

Ever wonder into a cemetery and feel complete utter peace?

Photo by Lori Harris Photography

Photo by Lori Harris Photography

In Wilmington, North Carolina, the Oakdale Cemetery offer this experience, as well as the Southport, North Carolina Smithville Cemetery. As you travel through the century old tombstones, you discover American History, Family Burials, creative talents in the beautiful tombstones, and an aura of warmth, happiness and peace.

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North CarolinaPhoto by Lori Harris Photography

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina
Photo by Lori Harris Photography

The beauty and energy of an arch angel that stands as tall as you on your own two feet is breathtaking. You will stand in awe and amazement of her defined molding and stature, and warmth from the synergy of the love committed to this space to honor and remember people who meant something to someone and hold a legacy to our community.

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina.Photo by Lori Harris Photography

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina.
Photo by Lori Harris Photography

There are many stones offering explanations or remembrance – words to comfort the living and offer a glance at the past. Regardless, I continue to stand in awe and amazement over the dedication to honor and respect the dead. Dead not being no spirit or energy, just physical passing with the soul and spirit continuing on to expand our universe and give back to this world we journey through. For without them, we would have the moments and gifts that carry us forward.

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina.Photo by Lori Harris

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina.
Photo by Lori Harris

Continuing the walk through stone and shrub, I look up to be taken back by a monument that offers strength and progressive thinking…the symbolisms are rich and moving, the architectures unique and ornate. The light, shadows and reflections ever changing as the sun sets and the air cools, ending my steps to celebrate and honor those before us.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Fear Azalea Belles

Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles 2010. Photo by Lori Harris Photography

Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles 2010. Photo by Lori Harris Photography

Every year the Cape Fear Garden Club, in Wilmington, North Carolina, hosts the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour, featuring the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles. There are over 100 junior and senior high school girls selected to represent the annual Antebellum event. The vintage dresses are designed and made locally. (http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130218/ARTICLES/130219670)

Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belle 2010. Photo by Lori Harris Photography

Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belle 2010. Photo by Lori Harris Photography

The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour features 10-12 local homes and their spectacular gardens. (http://www.capefeargardenclub.org/) Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Wilmington, North Carolina to experience the wide array of azaleas in bloom and the historic and beach flavors of the area. For a full week, the City of Wilmington is host to these individuals who enjoy the NC Azalea Festival and all its associated events, activities and nostalgia. (http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/) There are garden parties, parades, queens and her court, The Citadels, bands, teas, and so much more of the Southern Charm this event offers to its local citizens and visitors.

Airlie Garden Azalea. Photo by Lori Harris Photography

Airlie Garden Azalea. Photo by Lori Harris Photography

Spring in the South is quite stunning and memorable. Good manners, warm air, beautiful blooms, fine cuisines and just down home quality of life. A Southern Girl’s dream!

Sea Eagle

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I shot this image in Ketchikan, Alaska. Aboard the Aleutain Ballard, patiently awaiting to catch crab, I was startled by a swooshing noise coming straight towards me. I hear the mate call my name and advised me to turn my camera up. I do as instructed, and there it was – spectacular and energizing in all its figure and wind. I naturally began capturing this regal creature’s flight, right over my head, to its target – fish. It’s claws were sharp and targeted. It’s wings span wide and gliding, pushing my hair forward to cover my face as it flew over my head. Ten feet or less and I could have touch it’s feathers…I only wish! I was in pure sanctuary – heaven!